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Consignment sale to benefit Carroll Lutheran School

If you've started your spring cleaning early or are looking for some baby, toddler and youth items at great prices, you won't want to miss Carroll Lutheran School's 12th Annual Kid's Consignment Sale.

The event will take place in the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Agriculture Center from 7 a.m. to noon Feb. 8, with a half-price sale from 3 to 5 p.m.

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Kids' clothing, baby equipment, toys, games, books, maternity clothes, sporting equipment and more will be featured, according to the school's website.

"It's a great place to shop, especially if you need play clothes," said Amy Louque, coordinator of the sale.

And this year, per customer demand, the school is experimenting with selling junior sizes, said Louque. "Our middle school girls are quite excited, because they will be able to buy clothes for themselves while they're working," she said.

Anyone can consign; no affiliation with the school is required. Those interested need only request a consignor packet from the school by Feb. 1 via the online registration form at

, tag their items and drop them off at the Ag Center.

Consignor packets include a contract, instructions and tags and can be picked up anytime, Louque said, even after hours and weekends, because they are left in a bin in the vestibule or just outside the front door of the school. The school asks that consignors avoid picking up packets between 8 and 8:30 a.m. and 2:45 to 3:30 p.m., she said, when students are being dropped off and picked up.

Consignors are responsible for tagging all their items, Louque said, and dropping them off at the Ag Center between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 7. The school cannot accept car seats and helmets because their viability can't be verified, said Louque.

There are two types of tags. Yellow tags indicate items are to be donated to the school for the half-price sale if not sold during the main sale, and white tags indicate items are not for donation. Consignors are encouraged to request the correct number of tags in the colors needed to correctly label their merchandise.

Any items with white tags not sold during the main sale must be picked up at the Ag Center between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Any items not picked up by 3:30 p.m. will automatically become part of the half-price sale.

Anything left over at the end of the day will be "donated to local charities in the Carroll County area," said Louque.

Items are sold on a 60/40 basis: The consignor receives 60 percent and the school receives 40 percent of the sale price of all items sold during the regular sale. The school then receives 100 percent of the sale price of any items sold during the half-price sale.

All payments to consignors will be made by check and mailed out approximately two weeks after the sale.

The event is the school's largest fundraiser of the year, Louque said, and "we usually have a long line at 7 a.m. when we open the doors."

Last year's sale drew about 200 consignors and 400 to 500 shoppers who helped raise close to $9,000 for the school, she said.

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Proceeds from this year's sale will go toward technological advancements at the school, including improving the school's Wi-Fi system and purchasing more laptops for students, Louque said.

Volunteers are also needed and appreciated, Louque said. This year the school is using Sign-Up Genius in an effort to improve the volunteer experience. The link for volunteering is also on the school's website.

Anyone who signs up to work a four-hour shift between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 7 or 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 8 gets to shop Friday night before the sale opens to the public.

When asked about the spirit of the event, Louque said, "It's a lot of fun, whether you are shopping or volunteering."

The school is at 1738 Old Taneytown Road, Frizzellburg. The Ag Center is off Gist Road, Westminster.

For more information about the sale, consigning or volunteering, call the school at 410-848-1050.

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